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Leverage is an American action crime drama television series, which aired on TNT from December 7, 2008, to December 25, 2012. The series was produced by Electric Entertainment, a production company of executive producer and director Dean Devlin. Leverage follows a five-person team: a thief, a grifter, a hacker, and a retrieval specialist, led by former insurance investigator Nathan Ford, who use their skills to carry out heists to fight corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on ordinary citizens.
Nathan “Nate” Ford is a former insurance investigator known for recovering millions of dollars in stolen property and chasing the most dangerous and elusive thieves in the world. Devastated after the expensive treatment and eventual loss of his son, he is approached by aerospace industrialist Victor Dubenich to recover stolen intellectual property by leading a group of thieves — all of whom he previously chased.
Nate initially disagrees, as the thieves all have reputations for being loners who do not cooperate with others; they include hacker Alec Hardison, ‘hitter’ Eliot Spencer, and a thief known only as “Parker”. While the job is successful, Dubenich double crosses them and attempts to have them killed. Instead of fleeing, Nate persuades the team to retaliate, and further recruits the assistance of Sophie Deveraux, a formidable grifter, to put Dubenich out of business.
Under Nate’s leadership, the group coalesces into a very effective unit, succeeding in ruining Dubenich’s business, clearing their names, and providing each thief enough money to retire from crime. Realizing their potential as team, they approach Nate to continue under his leadership. Forced to choose between being a “white knight” versus the “black king,” Nate accepts on one condition: they will only target the corrupt and powerful to avenge ordinary people who have no other recourse.
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Season three opens with Nate on trial, and the team conspiring to break him out of prison, against his wishes. He soon convinces the team he means to serve his sentence in a private supermax prison, but the case of a young black man serving a long sentence for a minor crime leads to the discovery that the warden was engaged in bribery and fraud for his own gain.
Nate pulls the team back together, and with the help of Det. Bonnano, breaks out of prison and brings down the warden. Nate’s freedom comes at a price, when a mysterious Italian woman gives him a choice: find an untouchable international crime financier named Damien Moreau within six months, or return to a prison of her choosing.
Nate also learns the remainder of the team knows something only he must earn: Sophie’s elusive real name.
With Nate free and the team back together, if not entirely ready to forgive Nate for leaving them, they return to work, but with a second objective: to use their cases to help them build a trail that leads to Damien Moreau.
Over the intervening months, they take on a software company executive in league with the Iranian mob (The Reunion Job), an amoral pharmaceutical company executive marketing a lethal drug (The Double Blind Job), a group of domestic paramilitaries funded by a corrupt IRS agent (The Gone Fishin’ Job), a record executive stealing music from new writers (The Studio Job), a mine owner covering up mine safety violations (The Underground Job) and a race driver trafficking in stolen cars (The Boost Job).
Along the way, they unleash Hardison’s hidden talents as a violinist to bring down a corrupt African official (The Scheherazade Job), must rescue Parker’s mentor, Archie Leach (The Inside Job), and take down a group of Russian and Irish mobsters lead by Nate’s father, Jimmy (The Three-Card Monte Job).
They also manage some fun, when a brief respite allows them to reflect on one job from five points of view (The Rashomon Job).
But with the Italian watching closely, the team’s jobs eventually lead them to one of Damien Moreau’s associates, a fine-arts dealer who uses children to smuggle illegal artifacts from the middle east (The King George Job).
That in turn leads them to a former professional hockey player committing securities fraud who holds the key to accessing Moreau’s accounts (The Morning After Job).
After a little time off to save the reputation of a mall Santa and face off against old rival Colin “Chaos” Mason (The Ho Ho Ho Job), they finally come face-to-face with Moreau when he arrives in Washington D.C. to sell a bomb, learning a stunning secret from Eliot’s past (The Big Bang Job).
With Moreau on the run, the team follows him to his tiny island sanctuary of San Lorenzo, where an earnest presidential candidate and a stolen election lead to Moreau’s final downfall (The San Lorenzo Job), and a surprising turn of events for Nate and Sophie.